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Two youths arrested with 3000 detonators

Durgapur, June 19: Around 3,000 detonators used for triggering blast in coal mines were recovered last night from two youths in Churulia near Asansol.

Sheikh Salauddin, 30, and Sheikh Samirul, 35, were riding a motorcycle when they were stopped by a police patrolling party.

“The police were checking passing motorcycles as part of a routine. They stopped the duo and sought to check two jute bags held by Samirul. On searching the bags, the detonators were recovered,” an officer said.

Bhaskar Mukherjee, the additional deputy commissioner of police (central), said that interrogation of the two revealed the detonators were being taken to some private stone quarries in Birbhum’s Kankartala.

The officer said detonators were often stolen from mines both in Bengal and Jharkhand and taken to private mines.

“In the past many people have been arrested with detonators. During investigation we found many of these detonators have been stolen from various coal mines in Bengal and Jharkhand,” the officer added.

The arrested duo have been produced in court and remanded in police custody for a week.

Detonators in the Asansol-Durgapur area are mostly used to trigger explosions in coal mines. They are also used for blasts in stone quarries.

“Illegal miners also use detonators. They use them in stone quarries of Birbhum which shares its border with Jharkhand. So, they are in demand,” the officer added.